CURRICULUM VITAE

works and lives in Berlin, Germany and Kouvola, Finland.
eeva-liisa.puhakka(at)iki.fi

Eeva-Liisa Puhakka is a multidisciplinary artist, who works with variety of media, including installations, video art, kinetic sculptures and environmental art. Her works are atmospheric experiences and narratives that mix fact and fiction at the same time. The nature of her art is usually site-specific and she work with the space. She puts the viewer in the middle of the installation, so to create the artwork through direct experience and the experience transmits through images, sound, objects, moving or inactive objects and sometimes smells. By applying a poetic language she absorbs the storytelling art in her art practice.

Many of themes in her works had approached memory and time from divers angles using methods such as storytelling, the sense of smell and imprints of history in architecture and landscape. Themes encountered time, memory, objective/subjective history, rural flight, personal and family history, nature and animal.

EDUCATION
2009 MFA, media art, Valand School of Fine Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2001 MSc, environmental engineering, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

PRICES
2017 Shortlisted to Below Zero Art Prize, London, UK
2015 WRO Resume exhibition, the best of biennale 2015, Wroclau, Poland, Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 BcmArte gallery, Kleiner Salon, Berlin, Germany.
2016 Galleri Box, Göteborg, Sweden. Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
2014 Liebig12, Berlin, Germany. Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
2014 Titanik gallery, Turku, Finland.
2014 Huuto gallery, Helsinki, Finland.
2014 Gallery Kampen Visningsrum, Oslo, Norway. Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
2011 00130Gallery Project Room, Helsinki, Finland.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018
Emerge/ncy, Transmediale Vorspiele2018, Berlin, Germany.
Luftlinie /28. Kunstschau, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Germany.
Zamek Valek, Karlovarský Kraj,Tsekki
Pyhäniemi2018, Hollola, Finland.
Antares, Art center, Kouvola, Finland.

2017
Top Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany.
Kutscherhaus Recklinghausen, Germany.
Ars Sippola, Antares, Kouvola, Finland.
Process Space Art Festival, Ruse, Bulgaria.
Dada post, Berlin, Germany.
At This Point In Time, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2016
Via media art festival, Maubeuge, France. Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
Exit media art festival, Creteil, France. Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
Artists without borders, Castle Wolkersdorf, Austria.
Grey Cube galleries, Helsinki, Finland. Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
10th Water tower art festival, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Artists without borders, gallery Karşı Sanat, Ankara, Turkey.
Artists without borders, Consulate General of Austria, Istanbul, Turkey.

2015
Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt.
Piksel festival, Bergen, Norway. Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
Gallery Poriginal, Pori, Finland.
Deep Trash: The Animal Farm, London, UK.
One night stand, gallery KW, Berlin, Germany. Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
Cultivating Cultures, audiovisual festival, Lviv, Ukraine. Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
WRO Resume exhibition, best of biennale 2015, Wroclau, Poland, Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
Landscape-Metropolis exhibition, Schöneweide, Berlin, Germany.
Water tower art festival, Sofia, Bulgaria.
WRO Media Art Biennale, Wroclau, Poland. Collaboration with Katrin Caspar.
Digital Art exhibition, Helsinki, Finland.

2014
Gallery SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland.
The IT Show: An Interactive Art Exhibit, Berlin, Germany.
Kunsthalle Porvoo, Finland.
Wasteland festival, Kouvola, Finland.
Ars Lieke 2014, Kouvola art museum, Finland.
Open house, WAAW residency, St Louis, Senegal.

2013
Bronx World Film, NYC, US.
Environmental art exhibition LARU13, Helsinki, Finland.
Wasteland festival, Kouvola, Finland.
Environmental exhibition, Vartiosaari, Helsinki, Finland.
Eco art exhibition and residency, Kronstadt, Russia.
Environmental art exhibition Ars Sippola, Kouvola, Finland.
Athens Slingshot, GA, USA.

2012
Environmental art exhibition LARU12, Helsinki. Finland.
Environmental art camp and exhibition, Tolstjakovo, Russia.
Ostrale12, international contemporary art exhibition, Dresden, Germany.
Wasteland festival, Kouvola. Finland.
Ateljehof Kreuzberg, Berlin. Germany.

PUBLICATIONS
2018 Fluftlinie, 28 Kunstschau des Künstlerbundes Mecklenburg und Vorpommern – exhibition catalogue
2016 Perceptions, Exit and Via biennale, media art festival catalogue
2016 Galleri Box yearbook
2015 WRO biennale catalogue
2013 SERDE yearbook
2012 Tolstjakovo, a catalogue of the environmental art exhibition
2012 Ostrale12, a catalogue of the international contemporary art exhibition

PRESS & REVIEWS
2017 Keskilaakso newspaper, Kouvola, Finland
2017 Recklinghäuser Zeitung, Germany
2014 Turun Sanomat, Turku, Finland
2015 Szum magazine, Wroclau, Poland
2013 Keskilaakso newspaper, Kouvola, Finland

MEMBERSHIP
2017 – Scent club Berlin, Spektrum, Berlin
2017 – Kouta ry
2015- 17 Smell Lab, Spektrum, Berlin
2011 – MUU ry, Finnish interdisciplinary artist association
2011 – Laru ry, Environmental Art Association

CURATORIAL
2018 Curator, “Elämän keskellä” exhibition, Art Center Antares, Kouvola
2017 Member of production and curatorial teams in Nordic Environmental Art and Science Symposium, Helsinki.
2015 Assistant curator, Landscape-Metropolis exhibition, Berlin.
2015 Curator, the video collection, LARU art.
2014 Assistant curator, Ars Lieke 2014 exhibition in Kouvola art museum.
2014 Curator, the video screenings to Wasteland festival, Kouvola.

EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS / Scent Club Berlin
2018 Guided Smell Tour of Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2018 Smells Like Home, Wir! Eine Welt Gemeinschaft, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum, Berlin, Germany

EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS / Smell Lab Berlin
2017 Smell Me, Smell You, Polytech Festival, Moscow, Russia
2016 Smell Me, Smell You, STATE Festival, Berlin, Germany

RESIDENCIES
Circolo Scandinavo, Rome, Italy. 2018.
Can Serrat, Barcelona. 2017-2018.
Obras, Portugal. 2016.
Edinburgh, UK. 2015
SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland 2014-2015.
WAAW, Saint Louis, Senegal. 2014
SERDE, Latvia. 2013.
Kronstadt, Russia. 2013.
Sfakiotes Residency Programme, Greece. 2011 and 2012.

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